Back Bar | Dry Martini (also known as a Fifty-Fifty)

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The Martini is one of the best-known cocktails in the American repertoire, and has begat ample derivatives--some good, some bad (ahem, Appletini). Here, a purist's version that is bone-dry and true to form. 

Dry Martini (also known as a Fifty-Fifty)

Recipe adapted from Derek Brown, The Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1½ ounces London dry gin or Plymouth Gin
  • 1½ ounces Dolin dry vermouth
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel


In a mixing glass, combine the gin, vermouth and bitters. Add the ice and stir until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist the lemon peel over the surface of the drink to express the oils. Discard the peel and serve.

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